After the stirring Derek Dietrich homer led to a wonderful Cincinnati Red win on Opening Day, the rest of the weekend of baseball ended with a thud. A rainout put a damper on things on Saturday, and the Reds were then shutout on Sunday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, committing 4 errors in a rough Sonny Gray debut.
Now, they’ll get to welcome reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers to town, who are fresh of winning 3 of 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals to open their season. And in case you haven’t heard, Yelich has dingered in each of the first 4 games this season, with a dinger in tonight’s game a potential MLB record to open a season.
In case you forgot, Yelich completely owned Cincinnati pitching last year, hitting for the cycle twice during the season.
Tanner Roark will take the mound for his Reds debut tonight, and he’ll do so in temperatures that are expected to be in the low 40s. To his credit, Roark has managed to keep Yelich in the yard in a lengthy history between the two, as they’ve faced off 50 times in their respective careers with zero Yelich dingers (and only a lone XBH). Yelich does own a .440 career OBP against the former Washington Nationals starter, however.
Zach Davies will start for Milwaukee.
First pitch is set for 6:40 PM ET, and it’ll be on your watchy-screen via FS-Ohio. So, too, will be Matt Kemp, who is the scheduled starter in LF for the 3rd time through the first 4 lineups rolled out by manager David Bell this year. Hmm...